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Classic Engagement Ring Stones

Emerald, ruby, sapphire, and diamond are the most popular choices for classic engagement ring stones. Learn more about these traditional favorites.

Five-Carat Diamond Ring: an Insider’s Guide

Choosing a five-carat diamond isn’t as simple as finding a diamond in a smaller size. Read our insider tips to find the right rock for your engagement ring.

How to Cut a Simple Heart Ruby or Sapphire

Cutting corundum gems — rubies and sapphires — can be difficult. Learn how to handle this material by faceting a simple heart ruby from lab-created rough.

Demantoid Garnet Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

One of the rarest garnet varieties, demantoid can have a green color that rivals emerald and a fire that exceeds diamond. Demantoids are highly prized by both gem collectors and jewelry enthusiasts.

Engagement Ring Setting: Your Most Important Decision

Choosing a setting is the most important decision when shopping for a ring. Read about your options in this comprehensive guide to engagement ring settings.

Gemology Career Options

Thinking of becoming a gemologist? Consider these gemology career options, compare their estimated salaries, and decide which one may be right for you.

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